Lacrosse Effort Involves Johnson Park. Lacrosse may never be as popular as football in Tulsa, but one limitation to its popularity has been a lack of available fields large enough to play the sport.
In 2010, Collin Sharp, who serves as a parent contact for elementary-school-aged lacrosse players, told UTW, "We play games wherever we can find a field. That's our biggest problem right now. We have to compete with soccer and other spring and early summer sports."
But the Tulsa Youth Lacrosse Association has been speaking with city officials about helping develop Johnson Park, located at East 61st Street and Riverside Drive, into a haven for lacrosse.
The sport has sometimes been described as a combination of soccer, basketball and football. The goal for each team is to toss a ball into the opponent's goal, with each player controlling the ball using a special lacrosse stick.
According to the association's website, the group has been working with the city to develop "flexible fields" at Johnson Park, perhaps still best known as the repository for debris from a severe ice storm in 2007.
"The TYLA goal in planning the fields is to draw the community to Johnson Park and to develop a sports complex that is its regional showcase," the website states.
City Councilor G.T. Bynum said that while the fields would be open to all, organizers want to reach out to neighborhood youths in the crime-plagued area.
"When you think of lacrosse, you think of rich white kids because that's mostly who plays lacrosse. And these guys want to bring that sport to kids that otherwise would never have access to it," Bynum said.
Vision2 Meetings. Tulsa residents have one more chance to share their ideas about the proposed extension of Vision 2025. If approved by county voters, Vision2 would extend a sales tax hike approved in 2003 through 2029, and city officials are seeking input about what sort of projects could be funded with the public dollars.
A meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., with a 5:30pm start for the two-hour meeting.
The two-part measure will be on ballots Nov. 6. The first part offers voters the chance to fund an economic development package that includes money to remodel airport-industrial facilities. The second part is more open ended, with input from the meetings expected to be used in developing a city resolution from the Tulsa City Council that would outline what city projects would be funded by Vision2 if voters approve the measure.
Urban Tulsa Weekly Hires New Advertising Director. UTW is happy to announce the hiring of Serene Rogers as Advertising Director.
Rogers was born in California and raised "on both coasts and all four timezones," she said, before settling in Tulsa 20 years ago. Although she still has a lot of East-coastness about her, Rogers loves Tulsa and is excited to continue her career in this community.
Formerly an on-premise manager for Redbull North America, and after seven years in sales, the general sales manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, Rogers is ready to lead UTW's able team of account executives. She said, "Urban Tulsa Weekly is a viable asset to the Tulsa community," and she looks forward to helping the paper serve its readers.
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